A few weeks ago, Paramount announced its new 'Paramount Vault,' a YouTube channel which claimed it would be placing entire movies onto YouTube free of charge.
At the time, the announcement didn't gain much interest, but slowly people are starting to take notice of the extensive and eclectic backlog that's available to watch. To show off their new range of movies, Paramount put up the following video showing what's on offer:
Pretty exciting stuff, right?
Well, don't get too ahead of yourself, because as you may or may not have noticed, there was some very clever editing going on in that video. Y'see, the vast majority of Paramount's big blockbuster titles are not available to watch on the channel, except in the form of short clips.
If you rewatch the video, you'll notice the popular, big named movies are only on screen when the video is talking of "favorite moments" and "fun clips," and not importantly, "full-length movies." The actual complete movies on the channel, of which there are over a hundred, are usually from a secondary tier of titles. Due to this, many of the titles will not be widely known, with the possible exception of 1987's Masters of the Universe, a movie now famous for being so-bad-it's-good. You can remind yourself of its trailer below:
However, do not be disheartened, as there are still some gems hidden among the expansive archives, and Reddit set to seeking them out. Here are some of their discoveries made by Redditor ajleeispurty.
HORROR: The Loved Ones (Sean Byrne, 2009)
In order to avoid a ghostly figure in the road, high school senior Brent Mitchell wraps his car around a tree, killing his father. Constantly confronted by his mother's emotional collapse after the accident, Brent escapes into a marijuana fueled world of loud metal music to block the pain and guilt. Dejected and out of sorts, he has a shot at happiness with his girlfriend Holly, a grounded, caring girl with drop dead good looks, a dream date for the high school prom. But his plans are thwarted by a disturbing series of events that take place under a mirrored disco ball, involving pink satin, glitter, syringes, nails, power drills and a secret admirer. Brent has become the prom king at a macabre, sadistic event where he is the entertainment.
Wacked-out Aussie horror about a weird girl and her father kidnapping a boy to be her prom date. Robin McLeavy owns the movie, giving us one of the most memorable horror movie characters of the last decade.
COMEDY DRAMA: Margot at the Wedding (Noah Baumbach, 2007)
A slice of family life: sisters, husbands, children, history, secrets, jealousies. Margot and her teen son, Claude, travel from Manhattan to her family's Long Island home, occupied by sister Pauline, Pauline's daughter, and Malcolm, the slacker Pauline will marry outdoors that week under a tree neighbors want removed. Backbiting marks family discussion, particularly between the sisters and in Margot's cutting remarks to Claude. Pauline tells Margot a secret that Margot promptly tells Claude. Margot dislikes Malcolm and undermines him. She also has marital problems and a lover nearby. People are cruel, inside and outside their families. Is there a refuge for Margot or for Pauline?
Great little melancholic family drama from the director of The Squid and the Whale and Frances Ha. Nicole Kidman, Jennifer Jason Lee and Jack Black playing it straight.
THRILLER: Bound (The Wachowskis, 1996)
Corky, a lesbian ex con hired to work in an apartment as a plumber, meets neighbors Caesar, who launders money for the Mafia, and his girlfriend Violet. The two women have a love affair and decide to steal $2,000,000 that Caesar has in custody before he gives them back to Mafia boss Gino Marzone. Caesar is set up by the two scheming women as a scapegoat but things start to go wrong when he reacts in an unexpected way...
Super sleek lesbian crime thriller. The movie that convinced Lorenzo di Bonaventura to let the Wachowskis make The Matrix.
ROMANCE COMEDY: Paris When It Sizzles (Richard Quine, 1964)
Hollywood producer Alexander Meyerheimer has hired drunken writer Richard Benson to write his latest movie. Benson has been holed up in a Paris apartment supposedly working on the script for months, but instead has spent the time living it up. Benson now has just two days to the deadline and thus hires a temporary secretary, Gabrielle Simpson, to help him complete it in time.
Adorable classic Audrey Hepburn picture, in which she helps a drunk William Holden finish his Hollywood screenplay while cavorting around Parisien boulevards and movie sets.
If you want to check out any of these movies, or peruse Paramount's collection yourself, just head over The Paramount Vault.